A logical, uncommon method of solving algebraic equations that may prove useful to students at any level.

The Transposing Method of Solving ALGEBRA Equations


A math professor guides students through a nontraditional way of solving algebraic equations.

In this basic math textbook, Matson (Matsonian Inverse Transposing Method, 2000) introduces readers to his method of solving equations in algebra by transposing the positions of the factors. Several examples demonstrate how the transposing method can produce a result in fewer steps than the more commonly taught method of applying the same operation(s) to both sides of an equation. The book guides readers through both simple and complicated equations as Matson demonstrates that his method works for operations involving exponents as well as those that contain only addition, subtraction, multiplication or division. After covering the fundamentals of the transposing method, the book moves into specific applications of the math involved, from finance to physics. Readers are given the opportunity to take evaluations at both the beginning and end of the book, with all answers provided. Readers are urged to learn to solve equations via the transposing method using graphing calculators, a technology the author strongly endorses. The book concludes with Matson’s theories regarding the shortcomings of K–12 math education in the United States. While Matson’s method of solving equations is an effective one, the book suffers somewhat from formatting choices that can make the lessons difficult to follow. Bold and italic typefaces are sometimes used to excess, and many of the equations are rendered as in-line text, conserving space at the expense of clarity. The concluding section, in which Matson makes his suggestions for improving math education, could benefit from streamlining the prose—“Teachers should teach Math not Tricks. Teaching tricks takes valuable time away from teaching Math. And, none of the students remembers how to use the tricks in college.” The prose section also adds little of value to the lessons he provides far more clearly in the previous chapters, which are likely to be of use to students looking for a simpler way of solving equations.

A logical, uncommon method of solving algebraic equations that may prove useful to students at any level.

Pub Date: Oct. 28, 2010

ISBN: 978-1453865712

Page Count: 50

Publisher: CreateSpace

Review Posted Online: Jan. 27, 2014

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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Noted jazz and pop record producer Thiele offers a chatty autobiography. Aided by record-business colleague Golden, Thiele traces his career from his start as a ``pubescent, novice jazz record producer'' in the 1940s through the '50s, when he headed Coral, Dot, and Roulette Records, and the '60s, when he worked for ABC and ran the famous Impulse! jazz label. At Coral, Thiele championed the work of ``hillbilly'' singer Buddy Holly, although the only sessions he produced with Holly were marred by saccharine strings. The producer specialized in more mainstream popsters like the irrepressibly perky Teresa Brewer (who later became his fourth wife) and the bubble-machine muzak-meister Lawrence Welk. At Dot, Thiele was instrumental in recording Jack Kerouac's famous beat- generation ramblings to jazz accompaniment (recordings that Dot's president found ``pornographic''), while also overseeing a steady stream of pop hits. He then moved to the Mafia-controlled Roulette label, where he observed the ``silk-suited, pinky-ringed'' entourage who frequented the label's offices. Incredibly, however, Thiele remembers the famously hard-nosed Morris Levy, who ran the label and was eventually convicted of extortion, as ``one of the kindest, most warm-hearted, and classiest music men I have ever known.'' At ABC/Impulse!, Thiele oversaw the classic recordings of John Coltrane, although he is the first to admit that Coltrane essentially produced his own sessions. Like many producers of the day, Thiele participated in the ownership of publishing rights to some of the songs he recorded; he makes no apology for this practice, which he calls ``entirely appropriate and without any ethical conflicts.'' A pleasant, if not exactly riveting, memoir that will be of most interest to those with a thirst for cocktail-hour stories of the record biz. (25 halftones, not seen)

Pub Date: May 1, 1995

ISBN: 0-19-508629-4

Page Count: 224

Publisher: Oxford Univ.

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 1, 1995

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